Paraplegic Afrikaner raped:Welkom SAPS-cells: can’t afford ARVs to prevent AIDS…

10th February 2012

Thys Henzen, 43, paraplegic, raped by black detainee in Welkom police cells: beaten by cops: during night of hell after rough arrest by SAPS. Mr Henzen was also kicked horribly by a police-boot and the cops emptied out three cans of teargas into his face:

2012-02-08 Volksblad journalist Tom de Wet interviewed the heart-broken Thys Henzen, 43, a paraplegic man who lives in a wheelchair and who told the journalist about his night of hell in a Welkom police cell when he was helpless – and raped. “I feel dirty, abused, humiliated. What does a man do with the rest of his life after such an ordeal?” he asked with eyes brimming with tears.

His ordeal started on 29 January 2012: he was roughly arrested that evening inside his own home, brutally assaulted, thrown into the police vehicle despite his physical frailty – and a few hours later the totally helpless Afrikaner man was dragged from his wheelchair inside the SAPS-cells – and raped with considerable violence by a black detainee: one man had held a blanket over his mouth while another sodomised him. He has been examined and given a first round of antiretroviral medicine to prevent AIDS-transfer. However – he cannot afford the entire course of medicines he would need to make sure he won’t end up with AIDS after his ordeal.

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He said it all started when a man whom the impoverished Afrikaner shares his home with, had invited friends over for a rowdy party.
Sometime during that night, Mr Henzen had cut his hand when he was seated in his wheelchair and had bumped against a railing with a glass in his hand. His hand then involuntarily jumped pushed upwards while still clutching the broken glass — and he then accidentially stabbed the arm of a man standing right night to him. The man wasn’t injured – but he got angered by the paraplegic man’s involuntarily mistake and phoned the police – lodging a complaint of assault. The police arrived very promptly: sprayed pepperspray in the helpless Afrikaner’s mouth, he was ripped out of his wheelchair and dragged to the front-garden and kicked – and then the badly disabled, frail Afrikaner was thrown into a police-van. They threw his wheel-chair in with him – so they knew he was disabled…

He was then driven around for quite a while in the van: the police even stopped alongside a darkened road at one point to beat him some more in the back of the van and also emptied out three cans of tear-gas on his face. Then they threw him in the Welkom police cells with harnened black criminals. At 3:30 one of the detainees dragged the disabled Afrikaner down to the floor, and muffled his screams with a dirty blanket across his mouth while a second man sodomised him. Only the next morning the traumatised Afrikaner man was found by SAPS station-commissioner brig. Mzondi Mojafi and col. Ben van Wyk. They arranged to take him with a special vehicle designed to carry paraplegics – to the court-room, where they asked for a postponement of his arraignment while they rushed him to hospital. At that point, the angered, unidentified party-goer had not yet dropped the charges… but during the course of the day, he did.

Henzen is terrified: he said he ‘thought about it for a week, thinking about whether he should tell his story to the news media and submit a charge against the SAPS.” “I am terrified of the police taking vengeance against me. I am totally helpless to defend myself if anything should happen. “And then this humiliation,’ he said…..

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